Monday’s Musings #264 & A Road Trip to Seattle

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Have you ever been to Seattle and seen its beauty? Last time you were here I mentioned that our family was taking a family road trip. Well, we decided to make the 22 hour drive to Seattle, Washington. “Crazy,” you say? No way!! Road trips are the best! Here’s how it went.

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We made the trip in 2 days, going and coming. Saw some incredible sights along the way including national treasures in each state we drove through. We drove through 5 states. Stayed at our first AirBnB. Saw the Space Needle but opted not to pay the costly charge to go up in it. Visited a beautiful marina at sunset and the waterfront. Walked through Pike Place Market which hosts the Gum Wall. (Ew gross.) Ate a meal at Ivers, which has delicious seafood. Can’t go to the coast and not have seafood. Hello? We also enjoyed a meal at The Spaghetti Factory where we had a pretty fascinating waiter. Won’t forget that guy.

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We saw the Snoqualmie Falls. (Just gorgeous.) We celebrated that we had no rain for four days out of the five we were there even though Seattle has had the most incredible amount of rainfall the past few months. I mean they broke a record folks! With all that, the best part of our trip was the time we spent with our sweet friends.

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Besides all of the things I listed above that we did together, we also bowled a couple of games, watched a Mariners game, saw “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2″ in recliner seats, had two fabulous games nights, ate tasty meals and snacks (our friend, John, makes the best Almond Roca and delicious popcorn), had great conversations, and truly enjoyed one another’s company. We are so thankful God worked out all the details so we could take this trip. Saying bye was hard but we hope to see one another again soon.

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I absolutely L.O.V.E. to travel with my family. But I needed a vacation from my vacation.

Our link up is back in action. I have missed reading your posts and look forward to what you will share this week.

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Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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Monday’s Musings #263 & April Daybook

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Today is April 30th.

The weather this past weekend brought us snow. Three inches at least. Temps dropped from mid 70’s to the 30’s. Burrrrr. We were trying to decide if it was December or April. But this next week it will return to warmer weather and more sun.

We are preparing for a family road trip. What’s so cool about this trip is our destination is all new to us. We are meeting up with some sweet friends and spending precious time with them. One of the things we are doing is attending a pro-team baseball game! We love baseball in our family so this is one of the best things we’re doing with our friends. We are also staying at our first Air B&B along the way. Have you stayed at one before? How was your experience?

Physically, I am still working through that 30 day fitness challenge on my phone. I am a little over halfway through it and it has gotten more challenging. However, I like the push to work harder and get stronger. I decided to add in the abs and arms workouts as well.

Creatively, I have been making pocket letters. My sister got me into this and I am loving the creative part of it. So, what is a pocket letter you ask? Go HERE to find out more. I just sent off a Disney in Paris pocket letter and am currently working on a Jane Austen pocket letter. I can’t wait to receive mine!

I am reading “Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie and “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas a Kempis. They are my audio books while I walk in the mornings. I listen to one then switch to the other. What are you reading?

Last weekend, my husband and I attended a wedding for one of our boys from little league baseball. We coached him for 6 years and became close to his family in the process. Truly, it blew my mind that he was getting married. Where had that young boy gone? It made me realize how much I missed those days of coaching little league. I miss watching my son play. He loved to play and still loves baseball to this day. It is amazing how time does not consider my desires for it to slow down or even stop for a moment. It just keeps on moving.

This week we will be busy getting things in order for our road trip as well as preparing the house for my mom to stay. We are also going with our church community group to serve a meal on Wednesday to a local residence that houses patients getting medical treatments outside their hometown. It will be a busy time for us and for me. With that said, I will be taking advantage of these next few weeks to enjoy my family and not blog. The link up will return on May 22nd so mark your calendars. I look forward to coming back and sharing our trip with you.

I am grateful for Food Truck Sunday at church, baseball, vacations, and the Lord’s steadfast love for me.

Favorite quote:Divine omniscience affords no comfort to the ungodly mind, but to the child of God it overflows with consolation.” (Charles Spurgeon)

Well, let’s fill this link up with the good stuff. I am so glad you’re here.

Monday's Musings #263

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #262 & The Industrial Homemaker

The Industrious Homemaker & Monday's Musings #262 | What Joy Is Mine

The Proverbs 31 woman always seems daunting but she is not mentioned in the Word to intimidate us. She is there to encourage us in our roles as homemakers. A trait she urges us to take on is being industrious in life. “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.(Proverbs 31:27) There are two points to this verse: she is industrious (diligently tends to the needs of her home and family) and she is not idle (hard-working).

Industrious defined is “constantly, regularly or habitually occupied in business; opposed to slothful and idle.” Being an industrious woman means we map out with intention and determination a strategy to accomplish what we set out to do. It could be following through on a simple task like organizing a drawer or something more involved like home schooling our children or painting a room.

Being an industrious homemaker includes goal setting, laying out a plan then executing it until completion to the best of your ability. When we lay out our goals for the week then plan out how we will achieve those goals, we are enabling ourselves to be productive in our homemaking to the benefit of our family, our home and our sanity.

The industrious homemaker purposely schedules out her day so she is making good use of her time. She is not about wasting the hours scrambling about to get things done. Everything is orderly so there is a a game plan to follow. By doing this, she can successfully bring about her day’s agenda.

What she isn’t interested in is being idle in her day. As Matthew Henry puts it, “that when we have nothing to do the devil will soon find us something to do.” Idleness is the homemaker’s enemy. The homemaker that only puts off what must be done creates more work for her hands and opens the door for chaos in the home. Slothfulness does not bless our home or family. “Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger,” it says in Proverbs 19.

The industrious homemaker strives to stay on top of things. Her objective is to take a look at her week and see what she would like to accomplish in it. However, the industrious homemaker gives herself grace if her planned agenda is interrupted. Having an agenda in place makes it easier to pick up where she left off or reschedule things to get back on track when she is able.

Now another great way to grow in this area is to find encouragement from others. And in just a few days, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will be available. I have purchased this bundle in the past and can tell you that it is worth the investment. The wealth of information is amazing and at your fingertips whenever you need it.  Topics covered will be creativity (can’t wait to share some awesome resources in this category), faith, finances, home, in the kitchen, intentional living, marriage, motherhood, organizing & systems, recipes, self care, and work & life balance. Stop by this week and see what I believe are some of the best products and bonuses of this bundle. I am excited its almost here!

Last week I was not able to get up the link up. I apologize. Life, all of sudden, got full. And isn’t slowing down until the middle of June. I missed not having you share and am excited about what you will link up this week. Well, let’s get it started!

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Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #261 & Rise and Get the Worm

Rise and Get the Worm & Monday's Musings #261 | What Joy Is Mine

They say “the early bird gets the worm.” In other words, there is more success to be had by rising early. I am a firm believer in this fact. I used to be a night owl and in some ways I still am. However, I began seeing that I was missing out on precious hours that I could be doing more productive things than sleeping. So, I started to retrain my mind and body to rise early and not forfeit those morning hours.

Now there are good reasons why rising early is beneficial.

1. An earlier bed time. To rise early, we must make sure we are in bed early. This doesn’t mean we have to be in bed right after dinner, unless one requires 10 hours of sleep, which is not recommended. Yet we need to allow ourselves to get at least 7-8 hours of rest so that getting up early can be feasible. Plus, 7-8 hours of sleep is good for the mind and body.

2. The mind is clearer. Our minds are clearer because we give ourselves time to prepare for the day. In rising early, we have more time to get focused on the day’s agenda and begin tackling our to-do list in a orderly and more intentional way.

3. Skip the rushing. An early morning helps avoid rushing around. A late morning usually leads to us rushing to get our things done, which then leads to not accomplishing all of our tasks. Truly, no one likes to be rushing so an early morning puts an end to that.

4. Time for ourselves. An early morning opens up time for ourselves. This could be when we read and study our bible, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, exercise, journal or get in a nice shower. All done before the family awakes or we begin our day’s tasks.

5. Get things done early. When we start early, we finish early. It is a nice treat to have our agenda done in a timely fashion and early leaving us more free time to do other things we may enjoy more. For me, I like having the afternoon and evening for projects I want to tackle and more family time.

6. Enjoy the quiet of the day. Early mornings bring quiet moments. This is the time of the day where I, personally, get prayer in and just relish in the quiet of the day. I haven’t started my agenda yet and I love the quiet time to wake up and get focused.

So there it is. Early morning risers get the worm. They have a greater chance of success in accomplishing their day’s agenda. And let me be clear on this, early mornings don’t necessarily mean 4 a.m. wake up calls. My early morning is 7 a.m. with a 7-8 hour sleep. Find what works for you and put it into action.

Let me leave you with this example: Jesus was the perfect example of rising early in Mark 1:35, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Jesus knew the importance of early quiet time with God to begin the day.

Another week is upon us and April is moving right along. What will you share today?

Monday's Musings #261 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

 

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Monday’s Musings #259 & March Daybook

March Daybook & Monday's Musings #259 | What Joy Is Mine

Today is March 26, 2017.

The weather has cooled a bit and the wind has made his face more known. I’m not a big fan of strong winds but it is spring weather for us here and that means lots of wind. I tend to straighten my hair more when the winds are strong. Curly hair and wind are not good friends. I end up with more knots in my hair than I like.

I am missing our friend who came to visit. We enjoyed loving on him and showing him some cool things about NM. He was such a joy and I look forward to visiting with again soon, Lord willing. Best part was having my house full of family every day! I am definitely not ready for the empty nest season although it is not too far off. So, I am soaking in each day that my kids are here.

We are preparing for a marriage in our family. It’s an exciting time! It will be a simple wedding and taking place this summer. And we have another in a courtship. It blows my mind to be here in this season of life where our children are in relationships pursuing marriage. I can still remember them as wee ones needing their mama to tie their shoes or give them a glass of milk or hug away their fears. However, we love the two people God has put in our children’s lives and pray over them and our children daily.

Physically, I have changed up my exercise routine a bit. I am doing a 30 day challenge on my phone. It is strength training with spurts of aerobics. I needed something different as I was getting burnt out on what I was doing. Also, this new challenge is definitely challenging me. I like that. Makes me want to stick with it. I’ve also upped my food changes. Both combined, I’ve lost 5 pounds so far. I’ll take it.

At church today, the guest preacher taught on gluttony. He only used food and drink as items we can go overboard with in discussing gluttony. Yet as I was sitting there listening, I began to think of how gluttony can apply to other things as well. Television, computer time, and Facebook are some that come to mind. Even things like reading and exercise can be gluttonous. Any time we do something in excess (exceeding a prescribed or desirable amount), we run the risk of being gluttonous. However, gluttony can be conquered. The remedy is removing the gluttonous thing and living out Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Put in the place of what excessively draws our heart, a focus on Christ and His love for us. Desire to spend time with the Lord and seek Him for discipline. Instead of running to those things that will cause us to stumble, we need to run our “strong tower” and find refuge. (Proverbs 18:10) These are my thoughts on gluttony.

Just thinking, April is practically here. Can you believe we are out of winter and into spring according to the calendar? This is the time I began planning my garden, which I will plant closer to May. We usually get one more freeze before planting can be done. I also go through my clothes before packing away my winter outfits. I’ve already been spring cleaning (began in January) so I will continue to work on those few last projects I have on my list. We also have a couple of trips planned we will need to finalize details on. What does spring hold for you?

I really enjoyed the live action movie, “Beauty and the Beast.” I liked the character development of some of the characters and the new song sung by the Beast is a new fav of mine. Beauty and the Beast retains the message of looking to the heart and not the appearance which I appreciated as well. The actors they chose I thought were good choices for the parts they played. I laughed, I got teary-eyed, I adored, and I am glad I went to see it. Now if you are against Disney or this movie, I respect that. However, I would recommend seeing the movie before passing judgement. You may be surprised.

I am thankful for sweet people in my life, cupcakes, opportunities to serve others, and sunshine!

Favorite sayings: “Impress the young convert from the very beginning with the coviction that God has called him into His kingdom to struggle with the corruptions of his heart.” (William B. Sprague)

How are you today? And what will you share? I am glad you are here.

Monday's Musings #259 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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